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Somehow, Grigor Dimitrov angrily smashed his racket into two pieces

ftw.usatoday.com — There are racket smashes and then there's the total annihilation Grigor Dimitrov did to his Wilson Pro Staff on Sunday night. This wasn't like when a baseball player cracks his bat against his knee. It's like if he put it in the wood shredder.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @ByJoeFleming: Watch a furious Grigor Dimitrov obliterate his racket into two pieces usat.ly/1C1dO28 via @forthewin

Jan 25, 2015

Watch a furious Grigor Dimitrov obliterate his racket into two pieces usat.ly/1C1dO28 via @forthewin

Jan 25, 2015

RT @chaztopher: Grigor Dimitrov and one of the greatest racquet smashes you'll ever see (with GIFs): usat.ly/18fmR31 pic.twitter.com/NTZFVZzmBL

Patriots' internal study suggests climate to blame for Deflategate

usatoday.com — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Saturday he believes the Patriots "followed every rule, to the letter" in regards to the inflation of their footballs in last week's AFC Championship Game. Belichick, who called an impromptu press conference Saturday afternoon, revealed details of an internal study aimed at finding answers for underinflated footballs used in a 45-7 win against the Indianapolis Colts.
Jan 24, 2015

The more the Patriots say, the worse it gets. Belichick: Patriots 'followed every rule, to the letter' usat.ly/1BXMim6

Jan 24, 2015

NFL again sucking all the air out of the room. Thank goodness it’s so amusing. #DeflateGate usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

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Jay Cutler’s wife left him at home with the kids and he had an existential crisis

ftw.usatoday.com — Jay Cutler's wife Kristin Cavallari was out of town for a few days and gave him run of the house and left their two sons; Jaxon, 2, and Camden, 8 months old; in his charge.
Jan 24, 2015

Jay Cutler's wife left him at home with the kids and he had an existential crisis usat.ly/1xRtHBT via @forthewin

Jan 24, 2015

RT @tracyslutzkin: .@ForTheWin: Jay Cutler's wife left him at home with the kids and he had an existential crisis: ftw.usatoday.com/2015/01/jay-cu…

Jan 24, 2015

RT @Rachel__Nichols: If you have young kids, this is pretty funny RT @ForTheWin: Jay Cutler's wife left him w/the kids & he had a crisis: h…

Jan 24, 2015

If you have young kids, this is pretty funny RT @ForTheWin: Jay Cutler's wife left him w/the kids & he had a crisis: ftw.usatoday.com/2015/01/jay-cu…

Jan 24, 2015

I feel this … RT @USATODAYsports: Jay Cutler's wife left him at home with the kids ... usat.ly/1B6LNkm

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Northeast braces for 'possibly historic' winter storm

usatoday.com — The Northeast was bracing for a major winter storm Sunday with howling winds and more than a foot of snow forecast for some areas Sunday night and Monday. Blizzard watches were already in place for parts of southern New England and Long Island ahead of "this major, possibly historic winter storm," The Weather Channel reported.
Jan 25, 2015

Northeast braces for 'possibly historic' winter storm usat.ly/1C1rjyU via @USATODAY

Jan 25, 2015

I don't like this at all: Northeast braces for 'possibly historic' winter storm usat.ly/1JptgpH

Ashley Wagner makes powerful statement in 3rd U.S. title

usatoday.com — GREENSBORO, N.C. - A year ago, Ashley Wagner needed to rely on a committee vote to be placed on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team after what she still calls a "horrifying" performance at the U.S. national championships. Move ahead 54 weeks.

Obama arrives in India for three-day visit

usatoday.com — NEW DELHI (AP) - President Barack Obama opened a three-day visit to India aimed at turning his personal chemistry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economics. Obama's arrival Sunday morning in the bustling capital of New Delhi marked the first time an American leader has visited India twice during his presidency.
Jan 25, 2015

Obama and Modi cite nuclear investment breakthrough. Could be linkage to more progress on climate change. usat.ly/1JE969u

Ryan Johansen did the Mighty Ducks’ ‘Flying V’ in NHL All-Star breakaway contest

ftw.usatoday.com — During the NHL All-Star Breakaway Challenge portion of the skills competition, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen threw it back to a beloved hockey movie: the Mighty Ducks. Yes, that's right: Johansen enlisted some of his fellow NHL All-Stars to do the "Flying V" with him.
Jan 24, 2015

Ryan Johansen did the Mighty Ducks' 'Flying V' in NHL All-Star breakaway contest usat.ly/1CFsUcB via @forthewin

Jan 24, 2015

Just awesome... RT @USATODAYsports: Ryan Johansen did the Mighty Ducks' 'Flying V' in NHL All-Star breakaway contest: usat.ly/1EGQfty

Jan 24, 2015

Oh, yes. RT @USATODAYsports: Ryan Johansen did the Mighty Ducks' 'Flying V' in NHL All-Star breakaway contest: usat.ly/1EGQfty

Urban Meyer’s message for ESPN analyst Mark May

ftw.usatoday.com — ESPN college football analyst Mark May was one of many who thought that the Ohio State Buckeyes didn't belong in the inaugural College Football Playoff, and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer certainly hasn't forgotten about it.

14-year-old Chloe Kim becomes youngest to win Winter X Games gold

ftw.usatoday.com — 14-year-old Chloe Kim won a gold medal in women's snowboard superpipe Saturday night in Aspen, becoming the youngest athlete to win a gold medal in Winter X Games history. Kim needed to beat Kelly Clark's score of a 90 to vault into first, and she absolutely nailed her final run, landing two 900s after wiping out in her final practice run and scraping her face.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @ForTheWin: 14-year-old Chloe Kim becomes youngest athlete to win Winter X Games gold - usat.ly/1uLWr3f pic.twitter.com/qqCEI9f1Z3

Use Google apps over Gogo Wi-Fi for free

usatoday.com — Q: I didn't pay for the Wi-Fi on a recent flight, but the Google apps on my phone worked anyway. How could that happen? A: For some time now, travel bloggers have noted that flights offering Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi would let them use Google's mobile apps without paying that air-to-ground service's usual rates, from $5 an hour to $16 a day if purchased in advance.
Jan 25, 2015

A Google mobile-app freebie over Gogo inflight WiFi and how I think it works, at @usatodaytech: usatoday.com/story/tech/col…

Obama aide: Relations with Israel 'deep and abiding'

usatoday.com — A top aide to President Obama declined to escalate tensions Sunday in the wake of the decision by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress without informing Congress. "I'm not going to get hyperbolic or emotional about this," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said on NBC's Meet The Press.
Jan 25, 2015

Obama aide: Relations with Israel 'deep and abiding' usat.ly/1JGThPv via @usatoday

Charles Koch warns of ‘march toward collectivism’

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch told a gathering of wealthy conservatives Saturday that the work of "slowing down the march toward collectivism" never ends and urged them to focus their money and time "on the cause of freedom and well-being," according to excerpts of his speech.
Jan 25, 2015

Charles Koch warns of 'march toward collectivism' usat.ly/15zJiOE via @usatonpolitics

Jan 25, 2015

Charles Koch warns of 'march toward collectivism' usat.ly/15zJiOE via @usatonpolitics

Jan 24, 2015

Charles Koch: work of 'slowing down the march toward collectivism' and the 'struggle for freedom' never ends usat.ly/15zJiOE

Day 7 at the Australian Open

Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at 83

usatoday.com — Ernie Banks, known simply as "Mr. Cub" after hitting 512 home runs over a 19-year career spent entirely in Chicago, died Friday night at 83. Best known for his effusive "Let's Play Two" phrase that epitomized the joy he felt for the game and brought to Wrigley Field, Banks was an 11-time All-Star, a first ballot Hall of Famer and won consecutive National League MVP awards in 1958-59.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @azcsports: Ernie Banks, known affectionately as "Mr. Cub" after hitting 512 homers in his career, died Friday night at age 83. ow.ly/HRzVA

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Sunday TV: 'Galavant,' 'Looking,' 'Away & Back'

usatoday.com — Away & Back Hallmark, 8 ET/PT Jason Lee and Minka Kelly star in this movie, which is airing under the Hallmark Hall of Fame banner. Lee is a widowed father whose farm is visited by swans; Kelly is a bird specialist who rushes in to save them.

Grigor Dimitrov and the greatest racket smash you’ll ever see

ftw.usatoday.com — There are racket smashes and then there's the total annihilation Grigor Dimitrov did to his Wilson Pro Staff on Sunday night. This wasn't like when a baseball player cracks his bat against his knee. It's like if he put it in the wood shredder.
Jan 25, 2015

Grigor Dimitrov and one of the greatest racquet smashes you'll ever see (with GIFs): usat.ly/18fmR31 pic.twitter.com/NTZFVZzmBL

Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge delays thumb surgery to play

usatoday.com — LaMarcus Aldridge gave the thumbs down on thumb surgery on Saturday, when the Portland Trail Blazers star forward made the shocking decision to continue playing despite the tear in the radial collateral ligament in his left thumb.

Good memories breed confidence at Australian Open

usatoday.com — MELBOURNE, Australia - Sweat still rolling off his forehead, Novak Djokovic won again at the Australian Open on Saturday night and then had this to say on the tournament's biggest court: "This is my favorite court in the world. I don't play better anywhere else." What is in a place for a tennis player?

Australian Open: Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova on collision course

usatoday.com — MELBOURNE, Australia - Hey, tennis fans, we're halfway there. The Australian Open reached halftime Sunday night, with a week worth of story lines in the books and another week still unwritten. What will we remember? And what do we have to look ahead to?
Jan 25, 2015

Australian Open: Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova on collision course usat.ly/1JGi5XQ via @USATODAY